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July's nutrition highlight is bok choy.
Last week, I got a bunch of bok choy at a local farm and have been enjoying it so much, I decided to make it this month's nutritional highlight. I love to use bok choy as a quick side dish, in a stir fry, or even soup. Keep reading for my go-to bok choy recipe!
Like other leafy greens, bok choy is packed with nutrients and is particularly high in vitamins C and K. One cup of shredded bok choy contains the following:
- Fiber: 1 gram
- Calcium: 6% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Iron: 3% of the DV
- Magnesium: 3% of the DV
- Phosphorus: 2% of the DV
- Potassium: 4% of the DV
- Zinc: 1% of the DV
- Manganese: 5% of the DV
- Selenium: 1% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 35% of the DV
- Folate: 12% of the DV
- Vitamin A: 17% of the DV
- Vitamin K: 27% of the DV
Simple Sauteed Bok Choy
Here’s what I like to do with bok choy for a quick and delicious side dish:
2 heads of bok choy
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of fresh ginger, minced
Splash of water (~2 tablespoons)
Optional - Soy sauce or tamari to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Drizzle of neutral oil (I usually use grapeseed or avocado oil)
Step 1: Cut and rinse the bok choy. Do not skip this step as dirt can get stuck under the leaves. If using baby bok choy, cut in half and then rinse. If using a larger variety, you can cut the base and remove the leaves to rinse.
Step 2: Heat oil in a saute pan over medium-high. Add minced garlic and ginger and stir until fragrant, 20-30 seconds.
Step 3: Add bok choy and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 4: Add a splash of water, cover, and let steam for 1-2 more minutes.
Step 5: Add soy sauce or tamari and salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!
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